UFC heavyweight Carlos Felipe accepts USADA-issued 2-year suspension

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency today announced a two-year suspension issued to Brazilian heavyweight Carlos Felipe, who was flagged for a potential doping violation before his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 119.

According to USADA, Felipe (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition test conducted July 29. Stanozolol, a steroid, is banned at all times in the category of non-specified substances and carries a two-year suspension for first-time offenders.

Felipe’s suspension is retroactive to Sept. 19, the day his provisional suspension was imposed, and he was removed from a bout against Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119 next week at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In a statement, Felipe denied wrongdoing, claiming he hadn’t even taken caffeine pills since he signed with the UFC.

“I’ll be awaiting USADA’s judgment,” he wrote. “In light of that, I apologize to everyone who was looking forward to this fight.”

In USADA’s announcement of the suspension, however, Felipe accepted the two-year sanction, which brings a swift halt to the undefeated 22-year-old fighter’s promising career. Six of his eight wins have come by way of TKO.

Colombo is now scheduled to face Marcelo Golm (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of the Oct. 28 event.

Here is USADA’s full statement:

“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Carlos Felipe Cabral de Almeida, known professionally as Carlos Felipe, of Feira de Santana, Brazil, has accepted a two-year sanction after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

“Felipe, 22, tested positive for stanozolol metabolites, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on July 29, 2017. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“Felipe’s two-year period of ineligibility began on September 19, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. As a result of his positive test, Felipe was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, scheduled for October 28, 2017.

“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under his or her sanction.

“USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. In an effort to aid UFC athletes, as well as their support team members, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on the UFC Anti-Doping Program website (http://ufc.USADA.org) regarding the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (http://ufc.globaldro.com), conducts educational sessions, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, and periodic athlete alerts.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Carlos Felipe denies wrongdoing, but is replaced by Marcelo Golm vs. Christian Colombo at UFC Fight Night 119

Bad news for one young undefeated Brazilian heavyweight turned into good news for another.

After issues with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency kept 22-year-old Carlos Felipe (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) out of his octagon debut, which was set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 119, 25-year-old Marcelo Golm (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was chosen to step in against Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC). UFC officials announced the new matchup today.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

The undefeated Golm makes his UFC debut riding a four-fight winning streak – all first-round knockouts. The 37-year-old Colombo looks for his first UFC win after a draw with Jarjis Danho in his debut and a loss to Brazil’s Luis Henrique.

The news comes less than two days after Felipe was notified of a possible USADA violation stemming from an out-of-competition test. The Brazilian up-and-comer, who’s unbeaten in eight pro bouts, has since taken to social media to deny any wrongdoing.

“I am fully aware that I didn’t make use of any substances prohibited by USADA,” Felipe said in an Instagram post. “Since I signed with the UFC, I’ve stopped taking even caffeine pills. I’ll be awaiting USADA’s judgment. In light of that, I apologize to everyone who was looking forward to this fight.”

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The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Marcelo Golm
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin
  • Niko Price vs. Luan Chagas
  • Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Carlos Felipe flagged for potential USADA violation, pulled from UFC debut in Sao Paulo

Carlos Felipe was set to make his UFC debut next month, but that’s not happening anymore.

The UFC today announced that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed Felipe of a possible doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected July 29.

As a result, Felipe’s scheduled Oct. 28 bout with fellow heavyweight Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been scrapped. The UFC is currently seeking a replacement for Colombo.

The 22-year-old Felipe (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is undefeated with six of his eight victories coming by way of TKO.

Below is the UFC’s full statement:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carlos Felipe of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017. Because of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28, 2017, against Christian Columbo, Felipe has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Felipe. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 additions include 'The Joker,' 'Cara de Sapato,' 'Godzilla' and 'Boi'

The UFC’s October return to Brazil includes two new matchups and four colorful nicknames.

UFC officials recently announced the addition of middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe to the Oct. 28 event, which airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

“Cara de Sapato” Carlos Junior, the heavyweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” struggled with mixed results on his way down to the middleweight division. However, he has since rattled off three consecutive victories over Eric Spicely, Marvin Vettori and Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes. He now faces “The Joker” Hermansson, who currently stands at an impressive 11-1 in his past 12 appearances, including three wins in his first four UFC appearances.

Denmark’s Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC), known as “Godzilla,” seeks his first UFC win in his third UFC contest. The 6-foot-5 fighter settled for a majority draw in his UFC debut against Jarjis Danho before being submitted by Luis”KLB” Henrique. He meets Brazilian newcomer “Boi” Felipe, 22, who made his UFC debut in November 2014 and has scored six knockouts in his eight career wins to date.

With the additions to the card, UFC Fight Night 119 now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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